20 Things That Are Worth Every Penny, Even If You’re on a Budget

We all know that feeling when eyeing something a little pricier than we’d usually go for, but it just seems worth it. And sometimes, it’s a good idea to loosen our purse strings and spend more on certain items.

Someone asked, “What’s something that’s absolutely worth spending the extra money to get the “nice” version of?”

Here are some of the best responses. 

1. Sheets

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Regarding bedsheets, splurging on quality is more than just a luxury—it’s an investment in your well-being.

Someone said, “The #1 most important thing is for the sheets to be made of ‘100% long-staple cotton.’ Thread count doesn’t matter after that. Short staple cotton will pill and rip. High thread count is often polyester blend.”

Another user wrote, “My mom has some bedsheets she bought almost 40 years ago that are still in serviceable condition. No rips, no holes.”

2. Pillows

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We often underestimate our pillows’ impact on our sleep quality and well-being. And for those who suffer from allergies or sensitivities, investing in high-quality pillows can make a world of difference.

A user shared, “I just found out in the last 2 weeks that I bought a cheap pillow, and it wasn’t cutting it. I splurged on a 12.00 pillow, and it made such a difference (Serta cool nites) that I went and bought another on Saturday. I might need to up my pillow game for sure.”

Another one added, “PiLlOw for sure! Wife & I got a Tempurpedic bed a few years back…it’s wonderful, but the $100 pillow, while sounding expensive in comparison to the bed, is nothing but probably makes the biggest improvement.”

3. Socks

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A person wrote, “Socks. The difference between really good socks and cheap socks can make the difference between being miserable all day and never even thinking about your feet. High-quality socks also last a lot longer, so most times it ends up being cheaper in the long run than constantly buying the cheap ones.”

Someone else said, “With good socks, I find you can get away with wearing more types of shoes. With cheap socks, most shoes not designed for comfort will cause you pain at some point in the day.”

There’s something incredibly satisfying about slipping on socks that provide just the right amount of cushioning for your feet, right?

4. Dish Soap

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Dish soap is the humble companion of our daily kitchen chores!

Someone wrote, “A lot of cleaning product the off brand doesn’t save you money because you have to use so much more.”

Another agreed: “Yep. A single dawn soap can last us many months. It’s so thick; a small drop goes a long way. Cheap stuff flows like water. Use it up in a month. Not worth the lower price

Dishwashing may not be the most exciting task, but investing in quality dish soap can make it a more enjoyable experience.

5. Laptops

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Laptops have become essential to our daily lives, serving as our window to the digital world. With so many options available, we must understand how important it is to buy a quality laptop!

One person said, “My family members seem to think buying used laptops is a great money-saving move, and they inevitably end up with tons of problems. Buy the new laptop. They aren’t even that expensive anymore.”

Someone else replied, “My mom buys a Costco sale laptop every 2 years for like 300 bucks and then complains that it’s cheap and keeps breaking. Meanwhile, I’ve still got a quality HP laptop I’ve been using since 2017, and it runs great while I’m on the move.”

6. Pens

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A user wrote, “Pens. Pay an extra 50 cents and get something that writes infinitely better than a Bic.”

Another commented, “I spent 50 euros on a fountain pen 5 years ago. My handwriting has improved drastically, I haven’t had any hand cramps from taking notes during lectures or writing a lot during exams, and I enjoy planning my weeks a lot more now. It has improved every part of my life, either directly or indirectly.

Edit: I wanted to mention the added benefit of people being afraid to borrow your fancy pen, which means no more stolen pens.”

Pens are more than just writing tools; they are extensions of our creativity and self-expression.

7. Food

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Food – the heart and soul of our daily lives. It fuels our bodies, brings people together, and delights our taste buds. While settling for cheap and convenient options may be tempting, your well-being should always be your priority!

A Reddit user said, “Food. And not just for the taste. Nutrition and digestion as well.”

Another added, “It took me too long to accept that investing in trying to have a healthier diet was the best thing for me.”

8. Steak

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Quality steak invites you to step out of your comfort zone and explore different cooking techniques and flavor combinations. The possibilities are endless!

Someone shared their experience: “Hubby and I used to buy cheap steaks from the supermarket… then we went to our local butcher and had our very first t-bone steak. We haven’t bought supermarket steak since and instead treat ourselves to steaks from the butcher (twice a year only… it’s pricey! Which is probably not a bad thing… less red meat and all that).”

Quality steak isn’t just about taste—it’s about authenticity. When you invest in top-notch steak, you’re getting the real deal. No shortcuts, no compromises! Remember, life’s too short to settle for anything less than a steak that makes you say, “Wow!”

9. Shoes

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One of the top reasons to invest in quality shoes is the comfort they provide. So, say goodbye to those painful blisters, sore arches, and aching heels. Quality shoes care for your feet, making each step a blissful experience.

A user shared, “Rather than spending $50 over and over, I spend a few hundred, and I’m good to go!”

Another added, “Shoes for sure. With severely low income, I didn’t have much of a choice but to keep buying the same pair of $27 shoes from Walmart that would significantly wear down in ~3mos. Finally “splurged” on a pair of Merrell Chelsea boots that were on sale on Amazon for under $100 (normally around $150), and with Afterpay I was able to split payments, so it worked out great. I break in shoes pretty quick, but a couple of weeks in, so far, they seem like they’re going to hold up well for at least the next 6mos to a year before I refresh with a new pair or style.”

10. Backpack

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Someone wrote, “I have used the same bags every day for years, and they still look new.”

Another user said, “I spent $150 on an Osprey travel backpack for a 3 country 3-week international trip. It fits in all overhead compartments, and still fits 3 weeks’ worth of stuff in it comfortably and has a lifetime warranty.”

Someone replied, “I had an Osprey, and my dog chewed one of the straps and buckles. Sent it in for repair and got a brand-new bag. 100% free. Made me a lifetime customer. Bought my kid an Osprey for his school backpack.”

Quality bags are built to last, making them a worthy investment for everyday adventures.

11. Mattress

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A Redditor shared, “Honestly, mattresses apply too. I had beds from Ikea(which are good for the money)/other cheap places. My wife and I ordered a relatively expensive mattress last year, and it’s been life-changing.”

Someone wrote, “Recently got a Tempurpedic mattress. I used to think they were way bougie and outrageously overpriced. Let me tell ya. That mattress is comf-ort-able. My wallet is still crying tho. No regrets”

A good night’s sleep is priceless, and a quality mattress is the key to unlocking that treasure!

12. Winter Gear

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A person said, “Winter coats. As a person who is constantly freezing, every year or two, I bought a more expensive coat. I’d wait until jackets were on sale and buy them at half price so they were more affordable.

After doing this for 10 years, I’ve spent a lot of money on coats. My partner bought me a Canada Goose coat as a gift. For those who don’t know, they’re really expensive. Before-tax, they can be above $1,000. I genuinely regret not getting one sooner. Over the last 10 years, I’ve spent more than $1,500 on coats, and none of those coats are as nice, warm, or wearable as the Canada Goose one.

My runner-up for warmth is from Patagonia. It isn’t this one, but it is similar. It was around $600, and I bought it on sale for around $350. The Patagonia is warmer and waterproof, but if I wear it up to prevent getting wet, I have no peripheral vision. The hood blocks so much of my vision that it makes it really hard to wear. I definitely can’t wear that coat and go on a walk by myself.”

So, when the temperature drops and the snowflakes dance, you should be ready with some quality winter gear.

13. Tattoos

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A Reddit user commented, “Cheap tattoos aren’t good, and good tattoos aren’t cheap.”

Another replied, “I will happily admit I’ve spent close to 4k on my tattoos, and I only have a sleeve and 5 other tattoos. They looked really good and were worth the cost.”

Tattoos are not mere ink on the skin but gateways to self-expression and storytelling. And you don’t want anybody to ruin that for you, right?

14. Q-Tips

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A user said, “Never forget when I was younger, and the whole bud of Q-tip come out of my ear, had to get it tweezered out. Since I’ve been an adult, I’ve always avoided cheap {junky}  Q-tips lol.”

Another responded, “Cotton tips too loose that they leave fuzz on everything. Too tight, so they can’t absorb anything or squeeze into a hole. Flimsy sticks that don’t allow you any leverage to rub with the sides. There are so many ways a swab can be terrible.”

Cleaning your ears should be gentle and soothing, so only buy top-notch cotton buds.

15. Trash Bags

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When it comes to waste disposal, quality trash bags are your trusted allies!

The original poster wrote, “For me, it’s trash bags. A ripped trash bag makes me seethe with rage.”

Someone else shared, “Ripped trash bags with all the juices mixed together that end up falling over your shoes or clothes after you just took a shower is probably the biggest issue I have with awful trash bags.”

16. Eggs

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Eggs are a staple ingredient in countless recipes, and you need it for cooking breakfast or baking desserts, so they might be worth investing in.

A Redditor wrote, “Eggs—$ 3.50/dozen vs. $8/dozen. The cheap eggs are really flavorless. If you find a good expensive brand, it’s easily worth it. Still a very cheap source of protein at 66 cents/egg.”

So, the next time you reach for a carton of eggs, try picking the high-quality ones!

17. Tin Foil

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Tin foil is an item that every kitchen needs as it has many practical uses beyond just wrapping leftovers.

Someone said, “Tin foil. My wife buys the cheap stuff. You have to double up on the cheap stuff, using twice as much, so it ends up costing more.”

Another wrote, “My husband grabbed store-brand tin foil, and I made him swap it for Reynolds Wrap. He thinks I’m crazy, but you end up using twice as much of the store brand.”

18. Laundry Detergent

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A person commented, “Laundry detergent too. I go for Persil, which is pricey, but I’ve never had an issue with weird smells/residue/skin irritation. I cringe when I see people using dollar store ones.”

Another responded, “When I was broke, I would buy that cheap dollar-store detergent. One because I didn’t know better and two because I couldn’t normally afford to spend like $20 bucks on one item like that. Turns out they just take like 2oz of Persil or Tide and fill the other 58oz with water and call it detergent. I think it’s actually cheaper in the end to buy the good stuff. And your clothes get cleaner, and I don’t get allergy reactions from my pillowcases anymore.”

Do you think they are worth paying for?

19. Sushi

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A user said, “Sushi. The bad is really bad and could kill you. The ok is just that, it’s fine. But the really good stuff is transcendent.”

From the melt-in-your-mouth texture of fresh fish to the subtle combination of rice, seaweed, and condiments, every bite is a symphony of flavors. So if you invest in quality sushi, be ready to have the freshest and highest-quality ingredients.

20. VIP Tickets

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Whether it’s a concert, sporting event, or festival, VIP tickets offer a range of perks that amplify your enjoyment allowing you to create unforgettable memories.

Someone wrote, “Upgraded our seats for the first time ever flying from London to San Fransisco. Best money I have EVER spent!”

Another added, “VIP Movie tickets. The VIP treatment is the only reason to even go to the theatre anymore.”

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